TOUGH AND WARM
Model: Tough-1 Polar 1680D waterproof poly turnout.
Maker: JT International.
Why buy? High-denier outer shell resists ripping/tearing; 500-gram poly-fill provides warmth; waterproof.
Cool features: Waterproof lining helps horse stay dry; shoulder gussets for freedom of movement.
More info: jtidist.com.
Model: Amigo Turnout 600D Lite Weight.
Maker: Horseware Ireland.
Why buy? Offers waterproof, breathable protection without being too hot (there’s no fill between the outer and inner fabric layers). Also good for layering over a stable blanket.
Cool feature: Patented front Leg Arches™ prevent extra fabric from gathering around horse’s front legs as he moves.
More info: horseware.com.
Model: Ice Turtle Turnout Rug.
Maker: TurtleNeck Horse Clothing.
Why buy? Unconditional satisfaction guarantee; waterproof, breathable.
Cool features: Elastic neckline keeps out elements; spare-parts kit that includes extra straps and fleece collar.
More info: turtleneck.com.
Model: Orican Freestyle Detach-A-Neck Medium.
Why buy? Detachable neck cover provides option for extra coverage; waterproof, breathable; 1200-denier ripstop outer shell.
Cool feature: Wither-relief pad lifts blanket off horse’s withers while protecting mane from rubs.
More info: weatherbeeta.com.
Model: StormShield® Body Armor High Neck Heavyweight Turnout.
Why buy? Two-year guarantee on 1800-denier outer shell; waterproof, breathable.
Cool features: High neck and extra-long sides for more coverage.
More info: sstack.com.
• Denier is analogous to thread count in bed sheets. Rule of thumb: The higher the denier, the tougher the fabric.
• Seamless-back construction helps prevent leaks. Look for this feature in turnout blankets, especially those to be used in wet climates.
• Horse blankets come in two basic cuts. European cut suits slim, long-bodied horses. Standard cut’s designed for wider, stock-type body profiles.